Achilles tendinosis is a chronic condition of irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It is commonly caused by a sports injury. Professional and weekend athletes can suffer from an Achilles tendinosis, but it is also a common overuse injury in people who are not involved in sport at all. This injury can happen during a strong contraction of the tendon, like when running or sprinting. Also when landing on the ground after a jump, you can force your foot upward, which can cause these kind of Achilles injuries.
When suffering from Achilles tendinosis you have a chronic Achilles swelling and pain as a result of a continued, stressed tendon that lead to very small tears in your Achilles tendon. At times you can have a lot of pain in the back of your heel and may have difficulty walking. Sometimes the pain makes walking even impossible. The area around your Achilles tendon can be red, swollen and very sensitive.
Recover® Leukocyte-, and Platelet-Rich Plasma (L-PRP) offers a technique that may help tendon injuries. L-PRP prepared with the Recover technique, results in concentrated platelets and white blood cells containing reservoirs of bioactive proteins, like growth factors. L-PRP injection therapy offers a technique that may help to decrease pain and improve function.
A 52 ml sample of blood is withdrawn from your arm. The blood is then transferred in a cell separator tube that is placed into a centrifuge that spins the blood for 15 minutes. The centrifuge step separates the L-PRP from the rest of the blood components. After centrifugation the L-PRP is collected. L-PRP obtained with the Recover technique (containing platelets, growth factors and white blood cells) is ready to be injected back into the tendon at the site of the chronic injury. Before injecting the L-PRP a local anaesthetic may be used. After just one single skin poke, the L-PRP will be injected into the tendon with multiple penetrations.
After the injection you should not move your leg for 15 minutes. Afterwards you can go home and may get a prescription for a narcotic pain medication for pain control overnight. Anti-inflammatory drugs are not allowed. Icing can be a good solution. Increased pain at the site of injury may result for 2 weeks after Recover L-PRP injection. Forty-eight hours post treatment you should start a standardised stretching protocol which will be provided by your consultant. This should be followed for two weeks. After the two weeks stretching a formal strengthening programme will be added. Over time, you are allowed to take up sporting or recreational activities, as tolerated.
To find out more about Recover® for Achilles Tendinosis simply contact our team.